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Belle Mont Farm, St Kitts Caribbean
Belle Mont Farm has been crafted to be in harmony with the natural landscape and embeds organic elements into its design and cuisine. Wake up in a secluded guesthouse or farmhouse that combines the best of a boutique luxury resort and features spectacular views of the ocean and verdant forest blanketing the slopes of Mount Liamuiga. Take in a round of sustainable golf at the 18-hole championship course, followed by a festive dinner at one of the exceptional farm-to-table restaurants.
Selman Marrakech, Morocco
The Atlas Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for the haven that is Hotel Selman in Marrakech. They have perfected the Moroccan art of living and relaxing here, with spectacular swimming pools and cutting edge hydrotherapy spa and treatments that incorporate traditional remedies. For the equine inclined, Arabian horses, wander about the gardens and are a highlight of the Selman experience.
Azura Benguerra, Mozambique Africa
The genuine warmth and friendliness of the Mozambican people is what makes Azura Benguerra truly unique – and its stunning seaside situation. Located within the Bazaruto Marine National Park, this eco-chic retreat has been constructed by the local community and offers 16 villas set just a few steps from the white sand beach. Fill the turquoise days with diving, snorkeling, or fishing, and finish the day with a private outdoor shower or bath beneath the stars.
Fairmont Kenya Maasai Mara, Africa
The Fairmont Mara Safari Club sits on the edge of the world’s Seventh “New” Wonder of the World, Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve, renowned for its iconic wildlife migration spectacle. It’s an ideal place for a family safari, with unique cultural and wildlife activities designed for children, including a visit to the local Maasai community to learn authentic fire making skills without using a match stick and learn how to throw a spear like the Maasai warriors. For those seeking a family-style safari experience, this is a special place.
Leeu House, Franschhoek South Africa
If the words summer, wine, dine and spa resonate with you, then Leeu House in Franschhoek South Africa, an hour’s drive from Cape Town may just be the spot for your holiday escape. Cape Town is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful metropolitan areas in the world, and the rest of the Western Cape is known for lovely beaches and the chance to see whales and dolphins throughout the summer, as well as it’s fine wining and dining.
CasaSur Art Hotel, Buenos Aires Argentina
From the glaciers of Patagonia to the tango halls of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a vast country filled with exquisite landscapes and interesting people. From the moment you arrive, it’s clear why travel in Argentina is an experience unlike any other in Latin America. Start your Argentine getaway in steamy Buenos Aires at the CasaSur Art Hotel, where you can stroll cosmopolitan streets and soak up the sophisticated atmosphere of the Paris of the South. Boasting a sought-after location in the distinguished Palermo neighborhood, near the Botanic Garden, the hotel makes a wonderful base for exploring world-class dining establishments, lively bars, upscale shopping and the city’s memorable landmarks.
Museum Hotel, Cappadocia Turkey
With its location straddling Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Black Sea, Turkey has endured a series of powerful ruling empires, including Neolithic farmers, Hittites, Lycians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, all of whom left a wealth of culture and artifacts behind. Take in the surreal landscape of the rock-cut churches of Cappadocia in a hot air balloon and end your day at the Museum Hotel - built into restored caves and stone houses that are thousands of years old, and overlooking an other-worldly place. Hot air balloon over an ancient city on Christmas day anyone?
Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos
Turks and Caicos offers more than just stunning beaches, and many would argue the most beautiful attractions are under the crystal waters that surround the island. Just offshore Northwest Point Marine National Park encompasses over 4000 acres of marine preserve and provides some of the world’s best wall and reef diving. Sailing, kayaking, yoga and tennis are great ways to spend your days too. Those in need of relaxation can enjoy a number of massages, wraps, scrubs and beauty treatments at the luxurious all oceanfront suites of Grace Bay Club, set on the island of Providenciales. The resort overlooks crystal-clear turquoise waters and powder-soft white sand on the “World’s Best Beach.”
The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas Mexico
With almost 6000 miles of sunny coastline, an interior of mountains, jungles, Mayan temples, cloud forests, countryside and countless margaritas, it is not surprising that travel in Mexico leaves travelers wanting just a few more days added onto their journey. Whether your ideal vacation means soaking up the sun on remote tropical beaches in the Yucatan Peninsula, feeling the pulse and rhythm of traditional Mariachi and Banda music, exploring the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, or just going barefoot in Cabo San Lucas for a few days, Mexico has it all. For a secluded spot stay at The Resort at Pedregal, a coastal retreat in Cabo.
Paws Up Resort, Montana USA
There is so much to love about the American West. Experience the raw natural beauty of this corner of the world at one of the country’s top properties this holiday season. The Resort at Paws Up introduces a unique “hybrid” Ranch + Ski winter vacation: guests can experience the magical serenity of a winter ranch escape combined with a thrilling downhill ski excursion - all delivered with personalized Paws Up service and style the premier ranch resort is known for. The resort has expanded their winter wonderland ranch experience to include an exclusive ski trip featuring a private mountainside home at the stunning Whitefish Mountain Resort. It’s Paws Up on the mountain - designed, outfitted and staffed in true luxury resort style complete with private ski and adventure guides, butler, driver and chef.
Thai Tree House
Keemala Resort, Phuket Thailand
Thailand is a Pandora’s box of incredible food, temples, cerulean seas, chic hotels, trendy cafes, and unexpected luxuries – including the new Keemala Resort in Phuket. Stay in a Tree House Villa, and indulge the body and invigorate the mind with massage or meditation beneath the trees. Learn the art of Thai cooking using herbs picked from the hotel's own garden. Or relax and listen to the rhythms of the rainforest from the sumptuous surroundings of your tribal-inspired suite set beside a waterfall. Christmas dinner will never be the same again.
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GoldenEye, Jamaica Caribbean
GoldenEye—if you’re a Bond fan, the name may ring a bell. This iconic Jamaican hotel is famous for being Ian Fleming’s favorite place to pen his James Bond novels. The resort exudes the kind of laid-back sophistication and jet-set appeal that surely inspired Bond’s trademark swagger. Many famous faces have booked a stay at GoldenEye. Who could deny the cache of sleeping in Fleming’s favorite beachside villa and getting into the island groove with the owner’s—star music producer Chris Blackwell’s—personal collection of reggae and island jams that are on hand in every room. Settle in and enjoy the ambiance of your private lagoon, while watching the new Bond film “Spectre” that’s soon to be released – and perfectly timed for your island escape to the Caribbean.